Friday, October 10, 2014

After the World Cup - Goalkeepers

So I thought it'd be interesting to see how the U.S. roster is performing post-Brazil. Let's start with the goalies:

Tim Howard - Everton - Howard continues to be Everton's starting keeper appearing in 10 games between the Premier League, Carling Cup and Europa League. He has just one shutout (against West Bromwich), and Everton has won just twice. His most impressive performance came during one of those wins when he made 12 saves against VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) in a 4-1 Europa League win. The Toffees currently lead Group H of the Europa League by 2 points.

Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - Guzan has started all seven of Villa's Premier League matches and has them in 10th place with a record of 3-3-1. Villa is actually in the midst of a 3-game losing streak after picking up 10 points in their first four matches. While Guzan has conceded 8 goals to powerhouses Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City, it hasn't all been on him as his club has been held scoreless each match. Guzan has three shutouts already this season against Stoke City, Newcastle and Liverpool. He also started the USA's 1-0 win over the Czech Republic making one save in the opening 45 minutes.

Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake - Rimando has started 14 of a possible 15 games for RSL posting a record of 7-4-3 with a pair of shutouts, the second of which came against DC United and broke Kevin Hartman's all-time record of 112. Rimando also started the MLS All-Star game against Bayern Munich and spelled Guzan in the win over the Czech Republic.

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